State panel will spend $412 million on highway repairs, pedestrian safety

(Enterprise file/Oregon Department of Transportation)

Oregon will use more than $400 million in new federal transportation money to finish some large highway projects and make roads more accessible to pedestrians, the Oregon Transportation Commission decided this week. 

The state Transportation Department is set to receive about $1.2 billion over the next five years as part of the recent federal infrastructure law. Most of the state’s share comes with strings attached, but the state has broad leeway in how to spend $412 million.

The commission sought input from Oregonians throughout the winter on how to spend it, acknowledging that there isn’t enough money to fix all of Oregon’s transportation issues. 

“This is a large amount of money, roughly $1.2 billion over six years, but the need is . . .